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268                                    FLORA JNDICA,                     [Fumariacea.
keel or wing of the dorsal petal. C. nana is rather a dwarf alpine state than a
marked variety; its stems are sometimes excessively branched from the base. The
common state closely resembles the Siberian C. Gebleri, differing in the much broader,
shorter pod. It is also nearly allied to C, Sibiriea in habit, but the pod and spur are
very different, the latter being neither so broad nor turned up; also to C. coruuta,
Boyle, which has opaque seeds.
16. C* Sibiriea (Pers. Syn. ii. 70); caulibus gracilibus vage de-
cumbentibus elongatis ramosis foliosis, foliis longe petiolatis membrana-
ceis bi-tri-pinnatisectis segmentis latiusculia 3-5-tidis, bracteis inferio-
ribua lobatiaaefctisv-e, calcare lato flore sequilongo ascendente, petalis ex-
terioribus ecieullatia acutis, siliquis parvis linearibns lineaii-obovatisve,
seminibus splendentibus.—DC. fy$£. ii. 124, Prod. i. 128. C. Sibiriea
et, C. impatiens, Ftsch. in DC. Prod. I c.; Led. M. Ross. i. 103. C.
lougipes, DC. Prod. I c.; WaU. Cat. 1433!, Tent. Flor* Nep. t. 42
mala; nan Don, Prod. 198. C. filiforaiis, Royle, III. 05.
HAB. In Himalaya temperata etsubalpina, alt. 7-14,000 ped.: Sik-
khn! Nipal, Wallich! "Garhwal, Roylef et ia mont. Khasia, alt. 6000
ped., OnffttAJ—Qll. Jim. Jul.) (*«?.)
DISTBIB, Sibiria Baikalensis! et trans-Baikalcnsis; Dahuria; Kam-
tcliatka.
tlerba diffosa, gracilis, vamosa, statura variabilis. Cttulls 6 nne, v. bi])odalis, <li-
varicatim ramosus. 7Wi« varie sccta, suginentis late liiiejiribus cMiiu^ato-oljovaiisvc
3-5-iidis, lob is obtusis apiculatisve iutegeiTirnis v. 2-3«crou;itis. Jtntchw inieriorcs
lobatsc v. bectio, supeviores integrcc v. lobattc, Fedicelli -J—J poll, lougi, Stytala
squapxajfonnia, laecra, membraiiacea^ Catcar leute y. abrupte ascendeus, appendice
brevi v, elongata, Riligua i-^-pollicares, snguste liueari-obovatue v. lineares, -^ -^
poll* iatse. Semina splendeiitia.—A C. ramoaa diflfert, caulibus gracilioribus, foliia
minus sectis, segmentis latioribus, sed preecipue calcare ascendcnte breviore et ktiorc,
et siliquis angustioribus stylo brevi terminatis.
This is a very distinct but variable plant. \Ve have examined a multitude of spe-
cimens, especially from the Khasia (where it is the only species known, and inhabits
a much lower level than in the Himalaya) and from Sikkim, where it is extremely
common, and may be followed up any of the valleys continuously from 10,000 nearly
to 15,000 feet elevation, gradually olwaging its habit and appearance a good deal, but
retaining the marked cnaracter of the spur, and all the general features of the species
in a greater or less degree. We have also examined very carefully all Boyle's and
Wallich's dpccimens, and compared these together and with the Siberian ones. Wai-
lich's specimens have pods exactly intermediate in character between those of 0. im-
patient and 0. Sibirica. Boyle's C.ffliformis wa? probably inadvertently proposed as
new, for it is identical with Wallich's plant. The Khasia individuals have larger
flowers and broader wings to the outer sepals than the Sikkim, but not than Lede-
bour's Siberian specimens. Wallich's figure of C. longipes (Tent. Fl. Ncp.) represents
a very mjlch larger plant than' his specimens, with the spurs not at ail ascending,
which they manifestly are in h^-HfeJbarium; his quotations of Pwnaria butbo&a,
Thuub. Jap. 277, and 0. decimbens, Pers. Eneh. 209, both with a mark of doubt,
we cannot confirm, never having seen authentic specimens, and the descriptions being
insufficient.
Ledeboor, in. the * Flora Hossica,' states of C. impatient,, that if at all different
from C. 8ibinca> its characters depend oil the diffuse stem, narrow pod, and short
pedicel, all which we find so variable iu every locality, that we cannot even propose
to make a variety of it.
17, C, coruuta (Royle, III, 69); caulc dcbiJi ramoso foiioso, foliis